Health and Food Ethics

Health and Food Ethics

Source: AMA Journal of Ethics
Date: October 2018

Gut microbes matter clinically, so diets based on food availability in different markets matter ethically. But that's just one reason to care about food in health care ethics. Providing safe, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable food to all is a great challenge. Physicians in some US cities have been writing prescriptions for patients to obtain fresh produce through healthy food outreach programs. Clinical encounters, however, cannot fully reverse negative health effects of low-quality diets. If the global community cannot find solutions to address food quality and access, costs will be high. This issue investigates some of the compelling ethical issues at stake with food and health. 

Nourish Developmental Evaluation: Early Insights

Nourish Developmental Evaluation: Early Insights

The developmental evaluation explores four inter-related aspects of the Nourish initiative: 1) Innovator Program; 2) Projects; 3) Network & Narrative and 4) Policy. The intent of this evaluation is to help the program staff, lead partners and project advisors examine how the initiative has started to take shape, adjust strategies, and assess early signs of progress towards longer-term objectives.

Nourish Wasan Retreat Report | October 2018

Nourish Wasan Retreat Report | October 2018

The overlap of health care and food systems is multifaceted. Nourish convened 22 leaders from across healthcare, government, food systems and philanthropy together for a four day retreat on Wasan Island in order to explore the opportunities around environmental nutrition in health care. Environmental nutrition (2014), a concept coined by Health Care Without Harm, reframes healthy food as contributing beyond individual well-being towards a collective social responsibility for creating healthy communities and a sustainable food system. Read the report here.

Nourish Summer 2018 Newsletter: What is Healthy Food in Healthcare?

Nourish Summer 2018 Newsletter: What is Healthy Food in Healthcare?

The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in healthcare and beyond. In June, we brought together the varying perspectives of dieticians and chefs for a rich discussion with Nourish innovators around how hospitals can lead the charge in expanding the definition of how food is produced, prepared and consumed for patient, population, and planetary health. Read our summer newsletter for a deeper dive into this topic.

Reframing Healthy Food in Health Care Webinar

Reframing Healthy Food in Health Care Webinar

The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in health care and beyond. This conversation is alive and well in our leadership cohort, and we want to engage it publicly. At the Reframing Healthy Food in Heath Care webinar we brought together diverse perspectives from three thought-leaders to explore how hospitals and health care facilities can lead the charge in expanding the definition of healthy food, to better serve people, patients, and the planet.

Anchor Institutions

Anchor Institutions

Source: Mowatt Centre & Atkinson Foundation
Year: 2015

Unlike many corporations that come and go from communities, anchor institutions are public and nonprofit institutions that stay put. This report explores how we can spend our resources and procure services in ways that create opportunities for people who live on the economic margins.

Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities

Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities

Source: RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University
Year: 2017

A discussion paper exploring how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.

Inclusive, Local Sourcing: Purchasing for People and Place

Inclusive, Local Sourcing: Purchasing for People and Place

Source: Democracy Collaborative
Year: 2016

This toolkit on local and diverse purchasing showcases examples of how hospitals and health systems are reevaluating their roles as their community’s largest purchasers, understanding that a thriving local economy is fundamental to a healthy community.

The Future of Health is Local: A Field Guide for Health Sector Leadership

The Future of Health is Local: A Field Guide for Health Sector Leadership

Source: BALLE
Year: 2016

This field guide, produced by The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, connects the dots between the social determinants of health and the framework of strategies that both BALLE and MIT's Presencing Institute have identified as the path forward in building thriving local economies.

Recommendations from the first Northern Policy Hackathon

Recommendations from the first Northern Policy Hackathon

Source: Gordon Foundation
Year: 2018
On 25–26 October 2017, The Gordon Foundation convened their first Northern Policy Hackathon (NPH) in Nain, Nunatsiavut. The NPH brought together northerners from across the three territories and Inuit Nunangat, to develop innovative policy recommendations on country/traditional food. Participants were from a wide array of backgrounds, including hunters, elders, nutritionists, as well as representatives from government, and the not-profit sector. These are the recommendations from that event.

Serving up Local: Manual for Increasing Local Foods in Long-Term Care

Serving up Local: Manual for Increasing Local Foods in Long-Term Care

Source: Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance
Year: 2018
This manual is a collection of good practices resulting from the experience of nine long-term care (LTC) homes in three regions in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario as part of the Serving Up Local project from May 2016 to January 2018. It is designed to provide resources and steps that can be put into practice to initiate and grow institutional local food procurement programs by long-term care and other food service and procurement staff throughout the MASH (Municipalities, Academics, School Boards and Hospitals) in Ontario. 

Spring 2018 Newsletter: True Returns of Food in Healthcare

 Spring 2018 Newsletter: True Returns of Food in Healthcare

Rather than just improving the efficiency of providing formal health care, how do we look at reducing the demand for expensive health care through better diets? And how do we enlist the formal health care sector in supporting this goal? Read this newsletter on the true returns of investing in food in health care. 

Nourish Webinar: Systems mapping and the case for reconnecting food and health

Nourish Webinar: Systems mapping and the case for reconnecting food and health

This discussion-based webinar explores the potential of systems mapping as a tool to understand systems and to design better interventions. We introduce the basics of beginning to draw your own systems maps. The Nourish team will share the maps drawn to interpret the (dis)connection between food and health/care, and will explore the insights and opportunities that emerged from those maps.